|Bonnie Sherk and her Portable Parks|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews artist Bonnie Sherk, about her environmental art piece “Portable Parks” in which a freeway on-ramp, and a couple of concrete traffic islands were to be temporarily turned into idyllic oasis’ of green, complete with strips of live turf, palm trees, and grazing Guernsey calves. These conceptual art installations were financed with prize money won in a San Francisco Museum of Art’s Society competition and were warmly received by the public despite some slow do...
Keywords: Interview; Conceptual Art; Interactive Art; Public Art
|Peter Yates interviewed by Charles Shere, 1964|
In an interview recorded on Dec. 7, 1964, Peter Yates, a self described “professional amateur”, talks about the artistic implications of New Music. The conversation begins with an exploration of the connections between New Music and Zen Buddhism. According to Yates the appreciation of new and electronic music is best accomplished by freeing one’s self of preconceptions and to surrender one’s self to the act of listening...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; New Music; Interactive Art
|Computers and Art|
John Lifton from London talks about his goal of realizing a cybernetic art which will alter itself according to the spectators' response to it. He talks with Don Buchla, who currently is adapting his synthesizers to computer control, Richard Friedman, composer and programmer who helped design the Buchla program, and Charles Amirkhanian. American painter Pamela Zoline, now living in London, tells about her recent work on the meta-set "Things in the World".
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Interactive Art; Modern Art
|Radio Event No. 23: Chrysanthemum Chameleon|
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. In this, the 23rd program in the series, Alex Dea and a group of 25 singers, invited the listening audience of KPFA to come to the studio, or gather at their home with friends and with the radio on, and join them in an evening of meditative chanting. In “Piece I” everyone was instructed to sing at their lowest note and gradually move to their highest note using any vowel sounds s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event Series; Interactive Art; Audience Participation
|CHESS: A Participatory Time Space Event|
On April 28, 1971, the transmission herewith recorded took place. CHESS: A Participatory Time Space Event produced by students from California College of Arts and Crafts under direction of James Petrillo. Thirty-two human beings acted as chess pieces utilizing a district of San Francisco as the chessboard. The chess pieces were situated in the Richmond District of San Francisco bounded by Lake Funston, Fulton Street and Sixth Avenue...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Interactive Art
|Bonnie Sherk’s Report on her Portable Parks|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with artist Bonnie Sherk, about her environmental art piece “Portable Parks” in which a freeway on-ramp, and a couple of concrete traffic islands were temporarily turned into idyllic oasis’ of green, complete with strips of live turf, palm trees, and grazing Guernsey calves. These conceptual art installations were financed with prize money won in a San Francisco Museum of Art Society’s competition, and were warmly received by the public despite some slow downs i...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Interactive art; Public art; Environmental art
|Music Review: An Interview with John White|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the LA based, conceptual artist, John White, about his “Performance Time and Space”, an event scheduled to occur the next day at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. The event was to involve audience participation and the entire football team of St. Ignacious high School.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Interactive art; Conceptual art; californialightandsound
|Music Special with The Hub|
A live performance of “HubRenga”, an audience interactive music and poetry piece made possible by the communication between two computer networks. The collaborators in the creation of this piece are San Francisco Bay Area computer music band The Hub, novelist and musician Ramón Sender, and poets from a poetry conference of The Well (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link), a pioneering electronic community that operates in the Bay Area facilitating communication between people interested in arts and...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interactive Art; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; The Hub
|Radio Event No. 2: No Soap, Radio|
This is the second in a series of groundbreaking, participatory, radio programs produced by KPFA. In this program, recorded on October 31, 1969, Berkeley California sculptor, Peter Veres, invited listeners to take part in a do-it-yourself Halloween Brindle Party, a self-proclaimed Witches’ Sabbath, all through the magic of the radio air waves. (What’s a Brindle you ask, why it's the opposite of a Mugwamp of course.) Prior to the actual event, subscribers to the KPFA program guide were encour...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Inter-Media; Visual Art; Interactive Art; Audience Participation
|Radio Event No. 4: DD|
Stanley Lunetta, editor of the avant-garde music periodical “Source”, invited the listening audience to participate at home as part of KPFA’s groundbreaking, interactive, participatory, Radio Event series. Using a graphic score and list of instructions published in the December 1969 KPFA Folio, or program guide, audience members were encouraged to listen to various programs on KPFA while altering the settings of their radios...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Inter-Media; Visual Art; Interactive Art; Electronic Music; Audience Participation
|Radio Event: No. 1 Radio Caress|
This is the first in a series of programs produced by KPFA's Music Department in which artists from various disciplines were asked to take any amount of air time and get the audience to respond physically to the audio broadcast instead of just being passive listeners. While the events can be enjoyed as auditory soundscapes the primary purpose was to produce "event art" or "happenings", with the listeners as active participants...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Inter-Media art; Interactive art; Audience participation; Soundscapes
|Radio Event No. 19: An Orchestra Is Born|
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. For this program, Anthony Gnazzo, solicited from KPFA listeners, brief recordings of various sounds of their own choosing. This collection was then subjected to chance operations by Gnazzo, and lo and behold, “An Orchestra Is Born”. Somewhat reminiscent of John Cage’s “33 1/3”, the resulting auditory montage is a wonderfully diverse mix of spoken word, music, and just down r...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Events series; Anthony Gnazzo; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Interactive Art
|Radio Event No. 8: Bags|
In a unique integration of radio, art, and the listening audience, Peter Veres, Anthony Gnazzo, and Gene Turitz present an interactive documentary on bags. This intermedia event was co-sponsored by KPFA and the Berkeley Art Center in Live Oak Park, Berkeley. This program is, in many ways, a field recording of children and other visitors interacting in a room full of bags at the Art Center, while Veres, Gnazzo, and Turitz provide a running commentary on the events as they unfold (or get crumpled)...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Interactive Art; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Bags; Field Recordings
|Radio Event No. 9: Boiling Water|
One in a series of groundbreaking, audience participatory, Radio Events, produced by KPFA in Berkeley California. This program, entitled “Boiling Water” was created by Philip Corner in conjunction with Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law. In order to participate, the audience was encouraged to listen to the radio while standing near the stove. The general idea was to have the audience boil some water and make some tea, or some other warm beverage, in concert with the two on-air person...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Interactive Art; Inter-Media Art; Audience Participation
|Radio Event No. 14: Armenia Gardenia|
Armenia Gardenia” by Charles Amirkhanian, was the 14th program in the groundbreaking Radio Event series, in which audience reactions were incorporated into a live KPFA radio broadcast. This work utilizes short pre-recorded sound events, such as snatches of music or talking, that were then played over the air interspersed with long periods of silence. Amirkhanian then waited for listeners to call into the station to inquire as to the nature of the broadcast in progress...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Interactive Art; Inter-Media Art; Audience Participation
|Radio Event No. 20: Rhododendron|
Tom Zahuranec invited the radio audience down to the KPFA Music Office to communicate mentally with a rhododendron which was wired with liquid electrodes feeding impulses into a Buchla synthesizer. This program includes commentary of Amirkhanian and Zahuranec, as well as the impressions of the participants.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Interactive Art; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Tom Zahuranec
|Radio Event No. 5: X-Change|
Composed in 1969 specifically for broadcast on KPFA’s groundbreaking, audience participation, Radio Event series, Anthony Gnazzo has created yet another hilarious work of sound poetry or aural montage. Mixing snippets of advertisements, announcements, and music from the mainstream media with excerpts of phone interviews that Gnazzo conducted with KPFA listeners about their impressions of radio programming and commercials, this work captures the combination of youthful innocence and crass capit...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Radio Event series; Inter-Media; Visual Arts; Interactive Art; Participatory Art; Anthony Gnazzo